Friday Facts: November 4
Friday Facts

Vote Tuesday: Polls are open from 6AM-7PM November 8th. Please also remember that it is OK to leave a box blank if you have not read up on an issue or candidate.

Look North and Keystone December 15th: Dave Horn, who led the effort to revitalize both the Antioch and Metro North Malls, will be honored with the Look North award at your EDC’s luncheon December 15th. Businesses in the Northland that have made a significant contribution to help build Clay County’s economy will also be recognized with a Keystone. Seats are $40 with tables of eight for $300. You can register here.

Oracle Cerner Opportunity: When Cerner leadership went from Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig to outsiders it became clear to start making contingency plans in case the North Kansas City campus was ever vacated. In June of this year when it was announced that Oracle was purchasing the company the time was obviously near. Your EDC felt like we missed their announcement when the Kansas City Business Journal’s Brian Kaberline, who had a reader forward him the company e-mail, contacted us Monday morning until a quick call to NKC Mayor Bryant DeLong revealed that he heard it from a constituent who saw the company announcement on Redditt. Very professional of them. What an opportunity for not just North Kansas City but the entire Northland. The 5,000 employees the campus hosted pre-pandemic were mostly working virtually thus not contributing to the local economy over lunch breaks or after hours. Now we will be able to get plenty of press to talk about not just a beautiful campus with the 1G push to 3G KCFiber/liNKCity internet, but also to let the world know about the education, safety and reasonable property values of the Northland. While the current employees will have no reason to leave the area, the 5,000 fortunate new ones will bring that much more to our economy.

NKCH & MH Philanthropy:  Tuesday Dr. Stephen Reintjes Sr., MD, President and CEO of North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health, introduced the hospital’s new Philanthropy Program and their Chief Development Officer Courtney Johanning. They announced a $3 million donation from Nancy Botham, a former patient of the hospital. We get another jewel. Read the press release here.

Lady Bulldogs Take State Softball: Shout to the Kearney Lady Bulldogs for bringing home the state championship in women’s softball last weekend. Read the details here.

Want to Build the New Northland Workforce Development Center? The Platte County R-3 School District has issued a Request For Proposal on the newly named $60 million Northland Career Center. Click here.

You can provide input on the redevelopment of the former Antioch and Vivion RoadsK-Mart property at Northland Neighborhoods Inc, November 14th from 4-6PM at the 

Raymond R. Brock Jr. Hall 5340 NE Choteau Trafficway.

Break Out the Green Tie: Smithville High School’s Green Tie Affair, an innovator showcase with entrepreneurial pitches and individual interviews will be December 8th from 8-11AM at the school. Click here to see how you can help build our workforce.

Global Entrepreneurship Week in One Week: KCSourceLink will be hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Week right here in Clay County November 14th-20th. The weeklong event that draws thousands to network, learn and grow will have its main events at iWerx in North Kansas City and surrounding locations. The goal is to foster some of that entrepreneurial energy at GEWKC, as entrepreneurs and their champions connect to learn more about how to start, grow and accelerate businesses. Click here for the guide. 

Don’t miss Cocktails & Collaborations at iWerx Gladstone on November 17th – 5-7pm

Intern anyone? 

Can you think of a valuable project for your business or organization that would be a learning opportunity for an intern? Northland CAPS is currently looking to secure approximately 300 unpaid internships across every career industry for the spring semester. NCAPS interns report 10 hrs/week for 15 weeks beginning in mid-January. They work with businesses and organizations of all sizes and varieties, including small businesses. Please consider hosting one! To get started, you can complete this quick form. If you have questions, please contact Allison Clemens or Brett Kisker at

Still Time to Opine: The MoDOT survey for the I-29, I-35 and Highway 169 intersection Planning and Environmental (PEL) Study is still open. Click this link. Citizen comments are part of any funding scoring so please take a couple of minutes to complete.

Things To Do in Clay: Your EDC’s Friday Facts is your go-to read to see what is happening in our County. We want you to see Clay County while spending your disposable income right here:

This weekend: North Kansas City High School presents The Addams Family Nov 3rd-5th at 7PM

This weekend: William Jewell presents “The Secret in the Wings” Nov 3rd-5th 7pm Nov 6th 2 Peters Theater

Tomorrow: Mid-Continent Public Library presents “A Christmas Carol with Gerald Dickens” at Woodneath

Tomorrow: Briarcliff Trail Invasive Honeysuckle Removal Community Workday Nov 5th 9-noon

This week: NNI’s Muffins & a Movie “The Mighty” Nov 9th 9AM – or 816-454-2000

This week: Liberty High School presents The Little Mermaid Nov 9-12 at 7PM  Performing Arts Center

This week: Oak Park High School presents Sister Act Nov10-12 at 7PM at the OPHS Main Auditorium

This week: Platte County R-3 High School presents The Addams Family Nov 9th-12th at 7PM 

This week: Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum Holiday Toys Nov 2nd-Dec 10th

Liberty’s Veterans’ Day Celebration Nov 11th 6PM in the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre 1600 S Withers Rd

KC Parks Wilderness Run Nov 12th at 9AM at Shoal Creek Living History Museum.

Smithville’s Wine Walk & Christmas Market Nov 12 3-7PM Main Street District

Village of Briarcliff’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony Nov 12th 4-7PM

Northland Chamber’s Annual Auction November 17th 5PM at the Argosy

Liberty North presents Into the Woods Nov 17-19 at 7PM at the Jacobs Performing Arts Theatre

MCC Maple Woods presents “Thurber Carnival” Nov 17-19 at 7PM in the Student Center

North Kansas City’s Mayor’s Tree Lighting Nov 18 at 7PM at City Hall 2010 Howell St.

Excelsior Springs Elf FactoryMayor’s Downtown Lighting Ceremony and Lighted Christmas Parade all happening November 19th from 10AM-6PM in their historic downtown

North Kansas City’s Mistletowne Market Nov 19 10AM-6PM at the Parks and Rec Center

Gladstone’s Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Nov 22nd at 6PM at Linden Square

Liberty Giving Thanks 5K to support Hillcrest Hope Nov 24th 7:30 at the Liberty Community Center

North Kansas City Business Council’s “The Big Event” is December 1st from 5:30-7:30 at Harrah’s.

Click on the school of your choice to see their calendar of events. Excelsior SpringsKearneySmithvilleLiberty, Liberty NorthNorth Kansas CityWinnetonkaOak ParkStaleySt. Pius Kansas City Christian and Platte County R-3 (yes, part of their district is in Clay County).

META Marketing: Our friends at META Boost Studios wrapped up their Small Business Studio this week. Now that their in-person tour has concluded, their virtual program will continue through the end of year. It offers small businesses free on-demand access to educational training and marketing resources to help them grow their business online. Marketing assets can be accessed here.

Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. is hosting the Kansas City Health Department for a vaccine clinic from 2-5PM on November 10th and December 8th. They will administer Tdap, COVID and the flu vaccines. Please call 816-454-2000 with any questions.

The Doniphan Leadership Institute’s spring 2023 cohort is accepting registrations now. These tend to fill up very quickly. You can register or get more information here. The classes are offered through William Jewell’s Pryor Leadership Program.

Our Mid-Continent Public Libraries offer many classes including the Square One courses on how to operate a business. The website offers many opportunities, both virtual and in-person.

Did you know that your EDC provides small business loans through our partnership with Midwest Small Business Financing? We want to put your business into buildings and purchase the required fixed assets. Our rates include the Small Business Administration fees and are currently 5.877% for ten years, 6.586% for 20 years and 6.654% for 25 years. Please contact us with any questions. You can read about upcoming SBA trainings and get more information about the SBA’s Resource Partner Training here.

Your EDC helps to sponsor weekly educational programs designed to engage, educate and accelerate communities of entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hosted in-person by iWerx, 1520 Clay Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116, Coffee Connect starts at 7:45 and the program begins at 8. To sign up or for more information click here.

The Northland Education and Business Alliance now has its own YouTube channel. This organization just continues to grow and get things right and your EDC is proud to be a part of it. Feel free to view the dozens of videos from various career opportunities right here in Clay County.

Your CCEDC is on the move. Click to join a committee, or to invest with us.

Thanks, from your friends at the Clay County EDC

David Slater, Executive Director

Frances Sheffield, EDFP Loan Officer — Julie Lewis, Business Retention Specialist

Ethen Pineda, Loan Officer

7001 N. Locust, Suite B101 – Gladstone MO 64118 – (816)468-4989

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